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Softball Splits Pair of Games at Ferrum Tournament
03/15/2002

SALEM, VA — Frostburg State split a pair of games on the first day of the Ferrum Tournament Friday at the Salem Sports Complex. The Bobcats dropped a 15-11 slugfest to Ferrum to begin the day before bouncing back for a 7-1 win over Eastern Mennonite.

In its first game, Frostburg State (2-2) committed a pair of first-inning errors and fell behind 3-0 after one frame before sophomore Shannon McQuillan got the Bobcats on the board with a two-run single in the second.

Ferrum (4-5) answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but FSU exploded with a five-run third to move ahead, 7-5.

Sophomore Stephanie Zych laced a two-run double, and junior Krissy Jackson, freshman Jen Vance and McQuillan each added RBI-singles in the rally.

However, the Panthers countered in their half of the frame, scoring three times to pull back in front, 8-7.

The teams then traded single runs in the fourth before FSU again charged ahead in the fifth.

Sophomore Richelle Foor drilled an RBI-single, and Jackson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as the Bobcats took a 10-9 lead.

Frostburg State couldn't contain the Panther offense, as the hosts surged ahead for good with five runs in the fifth. The Bobcats didn't help their own cause, committing two more of their seven errors in the frame.

Vance (0-2) suffered the loss in relief of freshman starter Raelee Casazza, allowing 10 runs on eight hits in four innings. She struck out three and walked six.

Ferrum reliever Stacy Porter picked the win to improve to 3-3 on the season.

McQuillan went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs, while Foor was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

The Bobcats reversed their fortunes in their second game of the day, as Casazza led the 7-1 victory by going 2-for-3 with a double and a career-high four RBIs.

FSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second when Casazza laced a bases-loaded double, and the Bobcats took a 5-1 advantage in the third on RBI-singles by Casazza and sophomore Amy Sarro.

The Bobcats capped the scoring in the fourth on Jackson's run scoring single and an EMU infield error.

Casazza (2-0) picked up her second complete-game victory of the season, allowing one run on five hits. Jennifer Nichols took the loss for Eastern Mennonite.

Frostburg State continues play in the Ferrum Tournament tomorrow. The Bobcats will face Randolph Macon at 9 a.m., Emory and Henry at 1 p.m. and Roanoke at 5 p.m.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu